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done at. pope benedict xvi said it 16 years ago. if he does not have the strength to go on to perform his duties he should step down. something that no one has considered in modern times. >> the pope today has to conduct hundreds if not thousands of audiences, meetings, encounters every year. it takes a tremendous physical toll. >> pope benedict xvi has always been a low-key person. he will retire to spiritual life is not a monastery for the rest of his life while someone else will take his place. >> the archbishop called the man a -- the pope and a man of prayer. many were shocked and surprised by the announcement. barry simms is live in baltimore with reaction. >> he was with the pope's seven weeks and said after hearing the news, he decided to offer prayers for the church, the pope, and he also asked the faithful to the same. -- to do the same. >> many are finding it hard to believe that they respect his decision to step down. >> i applaud him for the decision. to make the decision you can no longer make -- do the job you're elected to do. >> maybe he is feeling sick or he needs so
catholics are holding their breath. the stunning news that pope benedict is resigning at the end of the month is a game-changer. after he resigns, the vatican says benedict will live in a monastery in vatican city. meanwhile, the process to elect his successor is already underway. we have this report from vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi is about to make history. the 85-year-old leader of the catholic church is resigning at the end of the month. he's the first pope to do so in 600 years. the pope's announcement came as a surprise to all but his closest confidantes. he said because of his age and deteriorating health, "i have had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." church leaders were shocked and saddened. >> like watching your own dad get old. and admit that he's not up to all the duties of being the head of a family involves. >> reporter: benedict xvi will remain pope until 8:00 p.m. on february 28. shortly after that, the college of cardinals will gather in the sistine chapel to elect the new pope. benedict's suc
. catholic church officials say pope benedict xvi will resign on february 28th, just 17 days from today. at announcement is considered a huge surprise. so far, there is no cheer reason given for the pope's rest you go nation. the headline from the vatican just breaking, pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of the month. >>> senator lindsay graham says he will delay a confirmation vote for cluck hagel and john brennan until he gets more information about a deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. the south carolina republican accused the white house of stone walling his request for more information. hagel is the president's pick to lead the pentagon. brennan is in line for lead the cia. >> i do believe if he had picked up the phone, called the libyan government, these folks could have gotten out of the airport to the annex and the last two guys may very well be alive and if he did call the libyan officials and they sort of blew him off, that will affect whether or not i would give foreign aid in the future to libya. but if he failed to call on behalf of those people under edge,
what people are talking about tonight. >> pope benedict xvi makes the surprising news this morning at a meeting with bishops. anna matranga has the latest. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi stunned the public saying he no longer has the strength to do the job. church leaders express their sadness. >> it's like watching your own dad get old and admit that he's not up to all the duties of being the lead of the family involves. >> reporter: postseason benedict became the head of the catholic church in 2005. he tackled the priest abuse scandal apologizes to victims and acknowledging the church's mistake. there's several contenders but no clear front runner. >> who among this body has the qualifications, the characteristics, the spiritual gifts to fill that chair. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi appointed half the cardinals who will choose his successor. anna matranga, wjz news. >> so how are arch arch bishops and catholics responding to this announcement? >> reporter: like many people across the world right now they're very surprised and
this morning to hear the news. he called pope benedict xvi a man of humility, reflection, and wisdom and as the faithful to pray for the pope and also the church. worshippers in downtown baltimore are fighting hard to believe. some tell us that the respect his decision to step down. >> it will never be easy for him but whether it is the right decision, you do not know until history shows as the right decision. >> he cannot do his job if his health is not good. >> what does that mean for the church? >> there's another holy man in the wings ready to take his place. >> i hope he will recognize the humanity of this pope. -- we will recognize the humanity of this pope. recognize that the stamina required for this role was not his any longer. >> i was just surprised. very, very surprised. a little bit sad. i think he is a wonderful polk. he has done a wonderful job these last eight years. >> what ever has motivated his decision he does think he is doing it for the good of the church as well as for his own good. >> the colonel calls this an act of selflessness and humility. the cardinal wil
benedict. but a new controversy threatens to overshadow the next election of the -- the election of the next holy father. other parts of the country are still dealing with snow. what to expect for the beginning of your work week. >> a milestone moment witnessed by thousands in rome. pope benedict stood before the crowd and delivered his final sunday blessing. the pontiff prepares for retirement amid new controversy. and thompson explains as we thompson world -- anne explains as we cover the world. >> afflicts chant -- catholics jammed st. peter's square to share the final blessing us -- of pope benedict. they heard the pope give more reasons for why he is retiring. he told the crowd that god has called him onto the mountain to live a life of more prayer and meditation, but that he would not be abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pontiff said god had asked him to witness life with the same kind of dedication, but to do so in a way that is more appropriate for his age and strength. for the many expressions of gratitude, closeness, and prayer. >> it was played out against the bac
are shocked by the departure of pope benedict the 16th. he says he does not have the energy to continue. wjz is live and we have the impact on the catholic church and its members here in maryland. >> reporter: benedict the 16th was elected pope in 2005. tonight, catholics including those here in baltimore give their reaction to him resigning and they also tell us what the future of the catholic church now is. news that pope benedict the 16th announced his resignation stunned catholics worldwide. the. >> like watching your own dad get old and admit that he's not up to all the duties of being the head of the family and all that involves. >> reporter: the pontiff says he's step down at the end of the month. he told cardinals he no longer has the strength to do the job. he's the first pope to resign in 600 years. experts say it's something that just doesn't happen. a culture where biblical doctrine rules, change is slow. the faithful are left wondering what happens next. >> i think that whomever they elect, i think must first and foremost be a faithful
leaving before dying. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi announced his resignation and threw the church inteun certainty. the 85-year-old pontiff said he's no longer strong enough to fulfill his duties, saying strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which has in the past few months really deteriorated in me. >> it's remarkable to me in this day and age that he would step down. >> reporter: remarkable and shocking, because no pope has stepped down for 6 centuries. the decision is being hailed as historic and a potential game changer, making it okay to resign. now a billion catholics worldwide are left wondering who their next leader will be. >> the biggest question is where they will come from? will it be an italian pope, a latin-american pope? >> reporter: a conclave to elect a new pope will begin in mid-march, in time for easter. pub successors are from milan, canada -- possible successors are from milan, canada, and argentina. >> jeff hagel joins us with more reaction locally. >> reporter: archbishop william laurie said he visited the vatican 7 weeks ago and saw no signs of
, will continue to update you on this developing story throughout the newscast. >> pope benedict xvi will celebrate ash wednesday mass at the vatican tomorrow. it will be his last public appearance before the pontiff steps down at the end of the month. danielle nottingham reports for wjz have the vatican. >> reporter: the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> i think it will be good to have a black pope. >> i'm from venezuela. and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they are from, as long as they're open thelogically to opening many -- welcoming as many people into the church as possible. >> reporter: cardinal could be the first black pope. cardinal armelino. and scolia one of the strongest european candidates. pope benedict is stepping down because the 85-year-old said he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead. >> reporter: the vatican just disclosed that pope benedict
, the resignation of pope benedict xvi. this morning, catholics around the world and here in baltimore are reacting to the announcement that seemed to up can out of nowhere. mike is live with the latest this morning. good morning, mike. >> reporter: good morning, don, good morning, everybody he has been pope for seven years he did what he said he was going to do, which is if he couldn't carry on job duties any more, he would resign. a revelation that stunned catholics worldwide. pope benedict xvi is resigning. no group appears for surprised than the cardinals the pope first told. >> it's like watching your own dad get old an admit he is not up to the duties of being the head of the family. >> reporter: the pontiff said he will step down at the end of the mon the 85-year-old told cardinals he no longer has the strength to do the job. he is the first pope to resign in 600 years. experts say it's something that just doesn't happen. >> a culture where biblical doctrine rules, tradition is steadfast and change is slow. faithful wondering what happens
. >> speculation this morning over who will lead the catholic church now that pope benedict xvi has announced his historic resignation. >> a pretty dramatic change. it means he'll go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day. >> "top gear" has shown a video of a helicopter racing a cobra with a disastrous ending. >> the end of the mardi gras season. >> i like it very much. >> all that -- >> the westminster dog show is back. >> keep mice from overrunning their mistresses' boudoirs. >> that's interesting. >> top ten questions on the application to become a swimsuit model. >> how does brent musburger describe you? >> and all that matters -- >> awarded the medal for courageous action. his son stole the show playing peek-a-boo. >> colin is not as shy as clint. >> on "cbs this morning." >> lightning struck the vatican just hours after pope benedict would be announce-- pope benedict poebz a announced his resignation. >> what will the pope do? he could become the most distinguished walmart greeter of all time. >>>, with >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." naerk north korea he
>>> stunning announcement, pope benedict xvi steps down. >> why he says the time is right. >>> i'm kai jackson. >> i'm mary bubala. here's what people are talking about. >>> catholics are stun ned by the pope's resignation. now the question is, who will replace pope benedict xvi. a report from the vatican. >> pope benedict xvi stunned the vatican saying he no longer has the strength to do the job. the 85-year-old says he will step down at the end of the month becoming the first pope to resign in 600 years. church leaders express their sadness. >> it's like watching your own dad get old and admit that he's not up to all the duties that being the head of the family involves. >> the news quickly spread through saint peters square. >> i hope the next pope can be better than this one. >> pope benedict became head of the catholic church in 2005 succeeding pope john paul, ii. he talked the priest scandal. some say he didn't go far enough. >> he wasn't ever as popular as the other popes. there are a lot of question marks over the way he dealt with the sex scandal. >> this is a historic m
on this breaking story. >>> there is more information about the sudden resignation of pope benedict xvi. the pontiff said he is stepping aside because he does not have the strength of mind or body. catholic officials hope to elect a news pope before easter. danielle nottingham has the latest from the vatican. >> reporter: the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> perhaps it will be good to have a black pope. >> i'm have south america, from venezuela, and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they're from, as long as they're wel open thelogically to welcoming in as many people into the church as possible. >> reporter: names are surfacing. cardinal peter turkson from ghana, could be the first black pope. cardinal sand ri of argentina is considered the top candidate from latin america. and andrew skoala is considered one of the strongest european candidates. pope benedict is stepping down bec
along you to this morning. multiple sources are confirming pope benedict xvi has announced he is resigning from his post. this is going to happen on february 28. this has never happened in the 600 years of the papacy. >> the 85-year-old has announced he's stepping down the end of the month. he took over after the death of pope benedict xvi on april 19, 2005. in an address to the cardinals he said, quote, this is a decision of great importance for the life of the church. again he said understanding what was required as being pope was something he was physically unable to continue doing the first time in 600 years. >> you may remember the pope recently joined things like twitter. we do want to encourage you to follow us as we begin to follow this story because it's breaking news and again coming down this morning, a lot of you wondering why. he says it's because he's tired. he's 85 years old. we'll update the story and abc news will pick it up once we're off the air. just a reminder you can find the latest updates on abc2news.com and follow us at abc2 news on twitter. >>> the 14
this quickly because we had this given to us. a vatican spokesman says pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of this month. this being confirmed by a number of agencies including the associated press and reuters. we've tweeted it out for you this morning. you can follow us to be up to date on this. more as the day goes on. >>> we'll tell you about the tornado you definitely heard about it by now rveght the tornado that -- by now, the tornado that ripped through mississippi. take a look at this video shortly after the tornado touched down. the town of hatsyfield is home to southern miss which received a lot of damage. state officials say three people have been injured and the storm has caused significant damage. >>> the storm may be over but the work now is just beginning. >> stay with us this morning. we're going to talk about cleaning up all the snow. how do you do it when you have no place to put it. there's so much of it. we'll tell what you some states are facing this morning after the huge blizzard. >> the family of the late penn state cope joe paterno speaking out. what they had to say
benedict? >> some drastic action to get baltimore back on the right financial track. >> enjoy the dry weather while you can. the forecast as we continue right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 6:00 a.m. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> 6:01. traffic and weather on the 1's. >> temperatures in the 40's. who is ready for a little snow? we have some snow in the forecast, but not today. 45 at the airport. that is pretty mild for this time of year. it is breezy. a mixture of sun and clouds. >> good morning. we are tracking a few problems out there. was down 32, that ramp is blocked for an accident -- westbound 32, that ramp is blocked for an accident. eastbound traffic does get by in towards the beltway. we're seeing those west side delays. 30 minutes around security down toward edmondson -- 13 minutes around security down towards edmondson. movi
have a new pope sooner than expected. just a few days before stepping down, pope benedict xvi changes church law in historic move. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi has revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. cardinals no longer have to wait 15 days after the pope resigns to begin voting for a new holy father. after benedict steps down on friday, cardinals can decide to move up the secret ceremony to elect a pope known as the conclave. >> i think they should do it as quickly as possible. >> i'm very surprised, i thought it would be something that took a lot longer. >> reporter: the vatican would like a new pope in place on march 24th. that means the new pope must be installed a week earlier. when the voting starts, scotish cardinal keith o bryan will be noticeably absent. o'brien resigned under allegations that he behaved inappropriately with other priests 30 years ago. he says he does not want the allegation to be a distraction. >> the fact that his registration -- resignation has been accepted by pope benedict is good. not in
pope benedict for acting in the best interest of the church. speculation is mounting about who people will think will replace him. the pope has to be a unifying figure to the whole world and be able to bring together a broad spectrum of catholics. the next pope may be from a developing part of the world. the decision to step aside is an active humility. the current archbishop agrees. he waited on the task ahead of the new pope. >> can he embrace every language and culture on the face of this earth? i imagine what the job description that is. >> the archbishop says he does recall the pope saying if he reached the time he didn't have the stamina for the job, he would step aside. kim dacey, wbal-tv 11 news. >> we have complete coverage of resignation on our website. >> president obama will deliver the state of the union address tonight. it will build consensus among democrats and republicans. tracie potts has a preview. >> tonight instead of focusing on how budget cuts would affect the pentagon, president obama will focus on the middle class. thousands of government jobs. >> his emphasis
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with reaction from local catholics. first more on the shocking revolution. >> pope benedict xvi delivered the surprising message in a speech to cardinals at the vatican this morning. the 85-year-old said he will step down february 28th because he's simply too old to carry on. the leader said carrying out his duties required, quote both strength of mind and body. the news stunned church leaders around the world. >> i have to be honest, i'm shocked. >> it's the first time a pope has resigned in 600 years. on the streets of europe some people refused to believe it. he said it can't be true, it would be too huge for the church for something like this to happen. the pope deserves respect for making such a personal and corageous decision to quit. the pope's resignation sets the time for a replacement. he had big shoes to fill in 2005 when he succeeded john paul, ii. one of his biggest tasks is responding to the priest scandal. today they called it a decision of great importance for the life of the church and said he will dedicate the rest of his life to prayer. >> as you can imagine the pope's
the super bowl a week ago. >>> and the end of mardi gras ushers lent season with pope benedict leaving the church. nbc's chris jansing is inside the vatican where the audience with the pope is about to get under way. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, to you, mara. in half an hour, we will get the first viewing of pope benedict since he made that shocking decision to step down. this is an audience. and it is the first of what will be several appearances before his last day as pope which is february 28th. later today because it's ash wednesday he will be saying mass. normally, it's held in a very small church near here but it's been moved to st. peter because of the expected demand for attendance. and then on sunday, he will come out on the balcony which is the traditional sunday, and after that there are expected to be very few appearances by pope benedict, as you know, made the decision because he's becoming increasingly frail over the past several years and months to step down. so we'll be looking in the knicks half hour to see how he seems to be doing, how his health is
. >> pope benedict xvi is allowing the cardinals to elect his successor sooner than march 15. today the hurry the wreckage -- resignation of britain's most senior cardinal is casting a cloud over the final days of benedict. sexual misconduct allegations date back to the 1980's. he is facing allegations that he engaged in improper conduct with other priests. it is the first time a cardinal has recused himself from a conclave because of personal scandal. pope benedict will step down on thursday. the only u.s. surgeon general to become a star in the role has passed away. c. everett coop died today at his home in new hampshire. it was a leading spokesperson on public health. he focused america's attention on the aids epidemic and rallied against smoking, saying nicotine is just as addictive as heroin or cocaine. he was 96 years old. >> if you have a kid at home, the chances are pretty good you'll have to deal with an ear infection at some point. starting today, pediatricians may gloat -- may no longer look at avionics as the best medicine. kate amara explains in tonight's medical alert.
, but was revived and then died last night. >>> now to vatican city where pope benedict thanks members of the vatican's central administration for their support before he leaves office. he spoke with a group of personnel, some privately, and then tomorrow, pope benedict will hold his last sunday blessing. here in ballet bhoash local parishioners held a mass in honor of the 85-year-old. >> reporter: a mass of thanksgiving. catholics say good-bye to pope benedict xvi. >> we want to pray for him. >> reporter: hundreds packed the pews for huh this historic service. it's the first time living pope has retired since 1415. >> it's a great act to step aside on behalf of the great needs of the church. it speak thoises great humanity and love of us. >> reporter: parishioners expressed their favoring opinions of the pope. >> he's put in major contributions while he was pope. >> we wanted to pray for him. we know he will spend the rest o his days in prayer for us. >> reporter: cardinals will choose a new pope in coming weeks. >> when i see that white smoke
. >>> more details are coming out today about pope benedict xvi's health and the last appearances he will make before stepping down. danielle nottingham has the latest for wjz from the vatican. >> the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> perhaps it would be good to have a black pope. >> i'm from venezuela. and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matter where is they're from, as long as as long as they open thelogically to welcoming in as many people as possible. >> reporter: cardinal peter turkson from ghana, could be the first black pope. cardinal leandro sandri of argentina is considered the top candidate from south america. pope benedict xvi is stepping down because the 85-year-old said he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead. >> reporter: the vatican just disclosed that pope benedict received a pacemaker before he became leader of the catholic church in 2005 and recently, sec
the vatican about the health of pope benedict. danielle nottingham has the latest for wjz, from the vatican. >> reporter: the vatican has revealed that pope benedict's closest aide will remain as his private secretary and will also run the new pope's household. the dual role for monsignor giller gynesign is raising questions about how much influence benedict will have over his successor. >> no one has said exactly mahe's going to do. and it will be benedict who decides what he does do ask doesn't do. even the pope's brother has said the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning, he will be hidden from view, after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer. in a former monestary inside the vatican walls. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him around the vatican will be around for many years to come. >> reporter: tourists who make the pilgrimage here buy all sorts of le -- religious
in parishes across the world, the resignation of pope benedict xvi confirming his love for the church and its followers. feeling his health was not up to the herculean task, his holiness made the ultimate sacrifice in determining that advocating the job was the right about the time. it is something that has not been done in 600 years of this transition will be historic. with the changing base of the church, their speculations that the next pope could come from latin america or an emerging african nation. one thing is for sure -- parishioners will have a new host of the easter and an opportunity to embrace a new leadership and vision for the church. as we move through the lenten season, we look no further from pope benedict xvi and the example he leads that service to other begins with selflessness. for more on the life and leadership of the pope and the upcoming transition, log onto wbaltv.com, and click
. >>> pope benedict xvi shocked everyone with the sudden announcement of his retirement and today is the last ash wednesday mass he will celebrate. it's the last major celebration before he steps down at the end of the month. for the people it was a special moment. >> it was emotional to be there. it was something special. >> new before mass pope benedict made his first public appearance since announcing his rest sig flaismghts cruds cleared for him. his successor will be chosen at a conclave last month. >> while the pope is celebrating the last ash wednesday, the archbishop is celebrating his first as the archbishop of baltimore. he led a midday mass and is currently celebrating mass at the cathedral of mayor our queen -- mary our queen. >>> president obama is on the roadworking to reenforce his plan. >> the bulk of his message focused on the economy. the president wants to stimulate the economy. republicans are sceptical. >> to reignite true engine of american economic growth, a thriving middle class. >> last night the president offered up more of the same -- higher taxes and more stimulus
terms. a milestone moment witnessed by thousands. pope benedict delivered his final sunday blessing. as anne thompson explains, he prepares for retirement and it new controversy. >> during the final blessing of pope benedict. the 100,000 people not only got a blessing but they heard the pope give more reason for why he is retiring. he told the crowd got has called him on the mountain. -- god has called him on the mountain to live a life of prayer and meditation. he wants to live this life with the same kind of dedication but to do so in a way more appropriate for his age and strength. >> affection, closeness, and prayer. >> the event played out against the background of a new scandal. the priests what the cardinal to resign immediately. a spokesperson told me the pope will be informed about the matter. the vatican will issue a statement tomorrow morning. >> still ahead, which stars can call themselves oscar winners. plus, love for the game and a big donation. it adds up to a great new experience for baltimore school boards. -- girls. >> other storms waiting in the wings. the car >>
you open an account. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance and the church faced new allegations of wrong doing. nbc's ann thompson is at the vatican for us tonight. ann, good evening. >> good evening, lester. people packed st. peters square today to say good-bye to pope benedict. he told the crowd that by retiring he was not abandoning the church, but, rather, that god had called him to a life of more prayer and meditation. the crowd, in turn, in song and with signs and in many different languages said thank you to the 85-year-old pontiff. as that was happening, there were new charges. there were charges being brought against a scottish cardinal, one of the men that will vote for the new pope, three priests and one young priest accused him of inappropriate behavior. lester. >> ann thompson in rome tonight. thank you. >>> that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. i'll see you short loyel
smokers who wish to do so. the vatican is getting ready for pope benedict's final public audience on wednesday. and thompson reports from the vatican. >> we have new details about pope benedict 16's life after he stepped down. he will be called pope emeritus. he will continue to wear white. those red pradesh is he loves so much, they are gone. he will wear brown shoes. >> the city of leon is noted for beautiful shoes and very comfortable shoes. when the pope was asked what he wanted to where he said he wanted the shoes from a on in mexico. to our friends from mexico, congratulations. >> the pope also give cardinals permission to move up the start date of the conclave. those meetings to even discuss the start date will not happen until next week. i am in vatican city, back to you. >> egyptian officials say 19 people were killed when a hot air balloon cannot predict hot air balloon carrying terrorists exploded in mid air. tourists were visiting from britain, france, japan, and hong kong. somehow a gas canister ignited, shooting the balloon high into the air. it reportedly exploded 1
-- >> pope benedict gives his final sunday blessing before he retires. the pontiff said he will continue to serve the church after he retires with the same dedication. pope benedict will make his last public appearance on wednesday and retire on thursday, becoming the first pope to do so in the hundreds of years. there are new details surrounding oscar pistorius' bond agreement. he was released on bail on friday he. is accused of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day, and his older brother also faces murder charges. >> for three days since his release on bail, the stuff of global headlines come oscar pistorius has not set foot outside his uncle's house. his older brother also faces questions of his own out here. staying silent, he is charged himself in a separate case involving a homicide. it stems from a car accident six years ago. he was charged with driving recklessly. the attention on oscar's case has not let up for a moment. friends of grievous steenkamp react to his release. >> personally, i believe he deserves to stay in jail. >> his coat pocket with starting training again
t anna matranga has reaction. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi stunned the vatican saying he no longer has the strength to do the job. the 85-year-old pontiff says he will step down at the end of the month becoming the first pope to resign in 600 years. church leaders express their sadness. >> it's like watching your own dad get old. and admit that he's not up to all the duties of being a head of a family involves. >> reporter: the news quickly spread through st. peter's square. >> i hope the next pope can be better than this one. >> reporter: pope benedict became head of the catholic church succeeding pope john paul. some say he didn't go far enough. >> he wasn't ever as popular as the other popes and there are a lot of questions over how he handled the sex scandal in particular. >> reporter: there are several contenders but no clear front runner. >> who among this body has the qualifications, the characteristics, the spiritual gifts to fill that chair. >> reporter: pope benedict appointed half the cardinals that will choose his success
. pope benedict the 16th is resigning. the pope is said to be resigning on the 28th of this month. we'll bring you more information as soon as it becomes available. again, according to cnn the pope is resigning, not retiring. >>> back here in maryland, a former first lady is expected to appear at a forum for candidates seeking to replace former anne arundel county executive john leopold. kendall urlik will join a forum on thursday. applications to become county executive must be submitted to the county council by this friday. >>> at the staple centers in los angeles the music industry's biggest night of the year, there were some surprises and memorable performances at this year's grammy awards. >> the grammys lived up to its reputation for being unpredictable when mumford and sons took home album of the year. >> we figured we weren't going to win anything because the black keys have been sweeping up all day. >> dan orback of the black keys took home four awards. fun made a splash this year. they won two grammys including best new artist and song of the year. >> and the grammy goes to
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, jack. >>> is there a secret sex scandal report behind pope benedict's resignation? >>> cocky, drew peterson, screams his innocence just before a judge sentences him in the murder of his third wife. >>> wintry weather mix moving into our area. what can we expect and where? coming up in bob's weather forecast. >>> all right. we have breaking news right now to tell you about. we're going to go live to captain jeff long in sky eye chopper 13. what's going on, jeff? >> well, this accident is clearing up here in the golden ring area. this is on rossville boulevard, at yellow brick road. an accident involving the vehicle and a school bus. a second school bus came in for a transport. and we did see two ambulances leave the scene. but we don't have any report on injuries at this point. reporting live from sky eye chopper 13, i'm captain jeff long. back to you. >> all right. thank you very much, jeff. >>> shocking surveillance video leads to the suspension of four police officers in quebec. a suspect is seen lying facedown in the snow, with his arms ou
from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. >>> a massive tornado tears through mississippi, causing major damage to the university. >>> mumford was the word at last night's grammys. and mike piazza is here since the baseball hall of fame snubbed him. >>> but we begin this morning's today "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> this is major news coming out of the vatican. >> breaking news, pope benedict xvi set to step down. >> he'll step down february 28 the last pope to freely resign within the 13th century. >>> what a tornado. it's going to cross the interstate. it crossed the interstate. >> at least 15 tornadoes were reported in alabama and mississippi. >>> a huge twister. >> several buildings on the southern university of mississippi campus hit. >> this is surreal. >>> meanwhile thousands are still without power after the massive snowstorm hit the northeast. >> there are reports another big storm is coming. are you ready for that. >> i don't even want to think about it to tell you the truth. >>> a million-dollar awa
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benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his position to retire and there's news this morning surrounding one of the cardinals who helped pick benedict's successor and the pope has changed the conclave rules to hold the conclave earlier than normal. allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican city and the conclave. it was announced he was resigning and would not take part. cardinal o'brien is the focus of atense because he's been accused of inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor. that brings the number down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. certainly the scandal that keeps erupting would tax the strength of any 85-year-old. even before ben dig
of the resignation of pope benedict 16. the pontiff will be resigning at the end of this month, becoming the first nope step down in 600 years. the pope says being pope requires strength of mind and body, and he has neither anymore. the pope's doctors recently advised him not to take any more transatlantic trips. the archbishop of baltimore, william laurie, says he met with the pope in rome a few week ago and saw no signs of him slowing down. pope benedict will devote the rest of his life to prayer and reflection. >> there's only one holy father. what he's zoing float tiring in the way that you and i think about retirement. you have your 401k, you have your little place and you go off and do it. the holy father lives a different kind of existence. >> archbishop laurie say the fact that the pope would recognize his own physical frailty and display it to world shows his own humility. >> the college of cardinal wills decide on the next pope president the archbishop of baltimore will vote for a new pope. >>> for the latest developments, follow us on twitter, @abc2news. >>> we have an update on a case
afternoon. our big story this noon -- pope benedict xvi surprised the world by announcing is stepping down. the 85-year-old pontiff is setting his advanced age as the reason. >> a shocking decision when the pope decided to resign due to the fact that he does that have the strength to carry on with his mission as the leader of the 1.2 billion catholics around the world. >> in order to govern, both strength of mind and body are necessary. my strength tested during -- deteriorated -- my strength has deteriorated. for this reason and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom, i declare i renounce the ministry of bishops of rome. >> during a small key meeting with a number of cardinals here at the vatican, he said to carry on with your job, you need a healthy mind and body. no doubt about his mind which is a sharp but the body has been weakening by the month. this is an 85-year-old man with a lot of responsibilities. still, john paul ii, at the end, one of us -- was unable to watkins began still carried on until he died. pope benedict xvi decided to go against all the rules a
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maryland. your complete first warning weather forecast is coming up. >>> pope benedict xvi appears before thousands of gathers today for the first time since he announced his retirement. thousands gathered in vatican city to see the pope on ash wednesday. he addressed the crowd in english saying he was resigning for the good of the catholic church. today will likely be his last public mass before he steps down at the end of the month. >>> it is also the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. once it becomes effective, the church's 117 cardinals under the age of 80 will get to vote on who should succeed benedict. >>> in california a terrifying drop through the air all caught on camera as the sky diver realizes he's in serious trouble seconds after he jumps out the plane. his parachute released too early sending him into a tail spin until he went unconscious. he survived but spent 2 weeks into the hospital. an faa investigation found the parachute was flawed and should never have been used. >>> the 2013 westminster kennel club dog show is over and there's a new top dog in town.
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into port now. >>> pope benedict's sendoff has the faithful on their feet. >>> mayor bloomberg's latest target. plus, the world's largest airline. and 1 million are calling women around the world. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, february 14th, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. 4200 passengers are hoping to set foot on dry land this morning after a disaster at sea. carnival's triumph cruise liner lost power on sunday, causing it to become stranded with little food and even few you are working bathrooms. nbc's jay gray is live in alabama where the ship is set to dock. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, mara. yeah, passengers have described it as a difficult and disgusting trip, one that should end this afternoon has the ship is pulled into the cruise terminal here. a third tugboat joined the slow tow pulling the crippled cruise liner toward this dock at the port of mobile. >> we've been doing a lost work to try to activate the terminal again. we've been doing a lot of logistic security to make this experience
,000 people have been killed during the two-year civil war. >>> and pope benedict xvi is changing the rules of the conclave, days before he's set to step down. it would allow the college of cardinals to begin the conclave earlier. if they arrive before the 15- day transition period. pope benedict xvi signed the document making the change official today, part of the effort to have the new pope chosen before the start of holy week on march 24th. >> this movement is going on. >> no date is set. in order to have a new pope, he would have to be installed by sunday, march 17th -- 17th. >>> and the edge on d.c. and the council does something it's done once more. the council men was rip minuted and stripped of his oversight of the city's alcohol regulation. the punishment comes after a ruling by the ethics board, saying graham broke the code of connection. >>> and two rests -- arrests were made in high profile cases. he was gunned down last september and police charged the 20-year-old bennett the murder and had the gun to kill ross on him when he was arrested for another shooting and a series of ro
. >> a big change is coming for catholics. pope benedict xvi giving his second to last blessing in st. peter's square. we will have more when they woman back.  >>> a leaked immigration proposal from the white house is drawing criticism among republicans. the new bill would give illegal immigrants a chance to become permanent residents in a few short years. fox's doug luzader has more. >> reporter: the president has a new immigration plan and it's raising plenty of republican eyebrows on capitol hill. even if the details are sketchy. according to a draft that was leaked to "usa today," the president wants to create a special new visa specifically for illegal immigrants that would allow them to stay in the country while they wait for permanent legal status, even those with criminal records would be welcome so long as they haven't been convicted of three crimes or spent more than a year in prison. appears to be a long way from the bipartisan plan taking place on capitol hill. >> leaks don't happen in washington by accident. this raises the question that many of us continue t
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on the christian calendar. it was an especially emotional day as pope benedict xvi makes one of his final appearances as the holy father. danielle nottingham reports for wjz from vatican city. >> thousands of faithful gave pope benedict xvi the long ovation near the end of ash wednesday mass. the applause only stopped when the pontiff said thank you, let's return to prayer. the 85-year-old holy father looked tired at times, during the lengthy mass. he was wheeled down the center aisle, when he left the packed basilica. many catholics were emotional, to see pope benedict celebrate mass in public. >> it was very beautiful, very moving and a great deal of affection, i think, that could be sensed in the congregation for him. it was amazing. i feel so lucky that we were here for this experience. >> reporter: tens of thousands of people are expected here at st. peter's square for the pope's final public appearance on february 27th, a day before he steps down. >> reporter: vatican officials say the pontiff does not expect big fanfare when he leaves. >> he's n
. >>> pope benedict xvi is scheduled to resign from the papacy on february 28th. the italian moda is reporting a whirlwind of controversy around his resignation. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi praying with cardinals on the last day of religious services. outside that spiritual haven, a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call, quote, defamatory falsified reports. >> it's deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscience and before god to freely indicate their choice that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers in recent days suggested a secret docier prepared for the pope by three cardinals who investigated leaked documents in 2012. the report alleges a series of scandals involving sex, money, and power and suggesting a, quote, shadowy gay lobby in the vatican. -- vatican. there is speculation the contents is what caused pope benedict xvi to resign. >>
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